Kamala Harris campaigns in Asheville
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, holds a get-out-the-vote event in Asheville.
because I love our young leaders. Alison is a junior way were talking about. She's studying into disciplinary studies and we were talking about, you know, it's it's a challenging time for everyone and for our students. Our daughter is a senior in college, and so it's just it really part of my expression sucks. Um, but, Alison, you're amazing. And I'm so happy to share the stage with you. Thank you again. Let's hear it for you. Okay. Hi, Asheville. How is everybody? Hi. Hi. It's so good to be with you guys. You know, Mayor, I wanna thank you just for all that. We were supposed to be here last week, and it was so important that way came. And so we re created the schedule of to be with you. But I want to thank the mayor in front of everybody for the work that you've been doing. Both is a leader here in Nashville, but in North Carolina and also in the support that you've given for Joe Biden and myself. So thank you. If we can hear it from Mayor Mannheimer and the chancellor who is here, and we gave me such a wonderful and warm welcome. Thank you for all that you do in just nurturing and growing the minds of our incredible future and current leaders. Thank you here for this. Thank you, Aunt. To the members of the North Carolina General Assembly. I wanna thank you all for your leadership in what you're doing. We have the chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Richards need wanna thank him. I'm gonna thank the Bunkum County Commissioners and City Council, the Buncombe County Sheriff. Quentin Miller and all of you. Thank you. So, so much to talk about. And I'm just gonna move this their second. See you guys. Um, 13 days to go, 13 days to go and we cannot spare a minute. System and brothers, we cannot spare a minute in terms of everything that I know. Everyone here and around our country is prepared to do as Joe Biden says, to fight for the soul of our nation. And that's really what What's going on, right? It's about fighting for the soul of our nation. It's about knowing we deserve more. And we are better than this. And there's so much that happened even before covitz struck. But in many ways I've thought of this pandemic is being an accelerator in that it has highlighted what was wrong before, and it has made it worse, right? And so let's think about it in the context off what has been going on in terms of public health, especially during this virus. And we can't overlook the fact that on January 28th, Donald Trump and Mike Pence were informed about the nature of covert 19 this virus. They were informed five times more likely to kill people than the flu informed it could harm Children. Informed it is airborne. Can you imagine what the families of Asheville with the families of North Carolina could have done with that information on that date? To prepare, be it to stock up on toilet paper or or to plan? Because we know that the vast majority of Americans don't have more than $1000 in savings and what folks might have done to prepare knowing that it's predictable, that they may not be able to go to work for a while. And sadly, we still have so many workers in America who don't have paid sick leave and paid family leave, but he didn't tell us. They sat on that information, they covered it up and instead the president of the United States, the commander in chief whose first responsibility should be to keep the American people safe, sat on this information and suggested to the American people, You're on one side of his ledger if you don't wear a mask and on the other side of his ledger, if you do. And now we're looking at a situation where over 220,000 Americans have lost their lives in just the last several months, many of whom have families and they could not even see them and hold their hands and touch them in their last days on this Earth way now have a situation where over eight million people have contracted this virus having untold long term health consequences, including what doctors were telling us lung scarring things of that nature. And in the midst of all of this, the public health crisis you got Donald Trump and his boy Bill Bar in the United States Supreme Court. This is stranger than fiction. Have you ever heard that expression fact is stranger than fiction? 11. We're living it We're living in system, and so what are we seeing right now in the midst of a public health pandemic, Donald Trump and Bill Bar are in the United States Supreme Court trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act that President Obama and vice President Biden may it happen that brought health care to over 20 million Americans on If they are successful, it is estimated at least 23 million Americans will lose their coverage. You know, there's this weird thing, I think, actually about a couple. But this thing about Donald Trump, this weird thing. He's got this weird obsession with wanting to get rid of whatever President Obama and Vice President Biden created. It's just this weird obsession, right? So the other thing is that if he's successful in getting rid of the Affordable Care act, remember it. Put in place protections for people with pre existing conditions. If you know anybody who has diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, breast cancer and now we're talking about eight million people who have a pre existing condition called co fit and they're trying to get rid of it, that alone is reason to know that he is incapable of being a president who will protect the well being and health of the American people. And that's why he's got to go. Yeah, we're looking at a situation again. This this pandemic has been an accelerator. We're looking at a situation where over 30 million Americans had to apply for unemployment insurance, many of whom again did not have paid sick leave did not have paid family leave. And they're trying to push through a Supreme Court nominee in what I call an illegitimate process. Because, by the way, we're not talking about election season. We're not talking about election year. We're talking about an election that is taking place. Right now. We're over 20 million Americans have voted and the election will be over in 13 days. And the majority of the American people are saying, Let the American people decide who will be there. President. And then that is the person who should decide who will fill a lifetime appointment to the highest court in our land. Yeah, but yet they're trying to push through this nomination. I servas Alison told you on the Judiciary Committee, I will say publicly, I I will oppose her confirmation for a number of reasons that include the illegitimacy of the process that includes the right of women to make decisions about their own body and their own reproductive health care. That includes the need to maintain the affordable care act. But they're pushing this thing through now while there is a bill sitting on a desk that's been sitting there for 150 days, called the Heroes Act, that would bring relief toe. All of these people who are suffering right now who are in food lines for hours, the one in five mothers in America who is describing her Children under the age of 12 is being hungry. Who needed expansion of what we're fighting for in that bill. Snap benefits. You know what that is? We used to call it food stamps is what people need when they're hungry. But they're pushing through this nomination instead of the Senate, Republicans saying, Vote on that bill, including one senator from this state. Oh, now you don't talking about so this is what we're seeing, And this is why we need Joe Biden to be elected press in the United States, because on the one hand, you have Joe Biden, who was one of the creators and one of the reasons that we have the Affordable Care Act who will make a commitment has made a commitment to you, North Carolina and the American public, that he will expand coverage, that he will expand health care, bring down the cost of premiums, bring down the cost of prescription drugs. Lower Medicare eligibility. Age 60 He is saying, I will expand healthcare understanding For too long. We've been pretending healthcare is about a body that starts from the neck down. But we need to also deal with health care from the neck up. That's called mental health care. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump was trying to sue to get rid of it. On the one hand, you have Joe Biden who says you want to talk about how we measure the success of the economy? Well, we measure the success of the economy based on the health and well being of working families in America. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump, who passed the tax bill benefiting the top 1% and the biggest corporations of America, which will lead to a $2 trillion deficit. Joe Biden saying. I'm not going to raise taxes on anybody who makes less than $400,000 a year. Yeah, he's saying, I'm gonna make sure first time home buyers get a $15,000 tax credit to help them with down payments and closing costs, knowing that homeownership is one of the greatest ways that you create wealth in American families. On the one hand, you have a Joe Biden who says We've got to deal with supporting the Public Schools of America and we will triple title one funding for those schools that are in the highest need communities with the lowest tax base because the Children of those communities have a God given capacity to be nurtured and to thrive, but we need to give them The resource is. On the other hand, you have a Donald Trump who put Betsy device in office. On the one hand, you have a Donald Trump who has been rejecting science from day one, rejecting science on the issue of this climate crisis which is threatening our very existence, rejecting science on the issue of this virus, and on the other hand, you have a Joe Biden, who embraces science, who will will be a leader who says that the public health experts must guide the policy decisions we make on all of these issues that literally threaten the health and well being of the American people. So there are very clear choices here, and the bottom line is, I do believe the outcome of this race will in very many ways be decided by you. North Carolina. It will be, And in that way the choices and the decisions you are making will impact people around the country. In that way, what you are doing to vote and vote early is gonna impact people that you may never mean and people who may never know your name but whose life will forever be changed because of what you are doing. And so I'm here in North Carolina, 13 days back in North Carolina, but 13 days before this election to thank you for what you all have already done and what you're committed to do, and this issue before us of who will be the next president. United States has everything to do with fixing the problems, but it also has to do with restoring in our country what we know to be our highest ideals around unity around being folks together around rejecting these notions of fear and hate and division of doing what we know. We have had the capacity and have the capacity to do to regain our standing in a way we can feel good about the future of our Children and our nation. All of this is at stake right now, and Joe and I are actually particularly pride proud. I was doing some interviews earlier. We're proud of the fact that ours is a campaign that has probably built one of the broadest coalitions of any campaign in recent history. We've got the support yes, of Democrats and Republicans and independents, People of all walks of life, all races. Right, because we know that to strengthen our country, to take back the soul of our country. It's about all of us and all of us being apart of where we go and where we need to go on where we can go. So I wanna thank you, Asheville. For all that you were doing 13 days to go. We don't wanna look back in 14 days and have any regrets, you know? And I guess my last point is this This moment will pass. And years from now, our Children, our grandchildren, others they're gonna look at us. They're gonna look in our eyes, every one of us, and they will ask us, Where were you at that moment? Yeah. And here's the thing. What we will be able to tell them is more than just how we felt. We will tell them what we did. We will tell them we were hanging out in this parking lot in Nashville with Mayor and all these incredible friends and neighbors. And we will tell them how we organized how we made sure that people know what's at stake, how we reminded people that none of us is alone. We're all in this together. And we will tell them about what we did to fight for the soul of our nation. Thank you all. Thank you. How can Yeah,